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Fraser and Kerr downplay Steph’s midseason fatigue and shooting woes

Fraser, Kerr downplays Steph’s midseason fatigue, shooting woes originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

After all, despite popular belief, Steph Curry is human.

The superstar point guard has kept the Warriors afloat throughout the 2023-2024 NBA season, and with 25 games remaining he may be feeling the effects of having to carry the team on his back at times.

Speaking to reporters after Golden State’s 119-103 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday at Chase Center, Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted that Curry has “looked tired” lately, possibly leading to shooting fouls against the Charlotte Hornets last Friday and the Gold Nuggets.

Curry struggled again on Tuesday in the Warriors’ 123-112 win over the Washington Wizards, scoring 18 points on 6-of-21 shooting from the field and 4-of-16 from 3-point range.

Warriors assistant coach Bruce Fraser joined 95.7 The Game’s “The Morning Roast” on Wednesday, where he was asked by Bonta Hill and Joe Shasky about Curry’s perceived “fatigue.”

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“Yeah, I don’t know if it’s fatigue,” Fraser said. “With him, sometimes that matters, sometimes it doesn’t. Most of the time you see his fatigue in his decision-making, like it affects his decisions out there more than his shot. But he’s human, you don’t see it that often. But he is .” He hasn’t had his best shooting night the last few games, but you as an opponent don’t want that to happen to Steph.

“Like you don’t go into the next game saying, ‘Oh great, Steph Curry has missed it the last few games, we’re going to be good.’ He’s one of those guys that doesn’t like to miss shots, so the next play is always like uh oh, watch out.”

Kerr joined 95.7 The Game’s “Willard & Dibs” on Wednesday night and was asked about his previous comments about Curry looking “tired” and explained why he isn’t concerned about the 35-year-old’s progress.

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“I’m not worried about it,” Kerr told Mark Willard and Marc Grandi. “I just think if you look at any season, there’s going to be periods where Steph doesn’t shoot as well as he normally does, that’s just part of it. 82 games and we’ve had a lot of games lately. The All-Star- break wasn’t really a break for Steph, he had to go to Indianapolis and take part in all the festivities so I think it’s just a natural time of year that he’s a little tired and I think it’s been showing. “But as I said, this is not unusual and I have no doubt he will recover quickly.”

Even if Curry’s shooting woes are due to fatigue, history has shown time and time again that his dry spells are temporary, often leading to a blowout or two against one of the unlucky teams that will face the Warriors in an upcoming game.

“I don’t want to make any predictions, but with Steph I’ve seen this show before where he doesn’t have a great match and then all of a sudden he’s at it again on the next one,” Fraser added. “I wouldn’t contribute so much to fatigue because there’s a human element to it and he’s always able to have a great night.”

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The Warriors’ road trip continues Thursday with a game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Ironically, the location where Curry broke the all-time NBA three-point record just over two years ago. Chance?

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